"But as a chief I don't see it as a law enforcement issue, I see it as a public health, public safety, as an American issue. And one that all of us have a shared responsibility in resolving."
Los Angeles – 1 December 2017
4. Various of homeless people in Los Angeles
Los Angeles – July 10
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Moore, LAPD Chief
"We have hundreds of thousands of bench warrants that haven't been served for years,and in my view is we need to clear the docket and focus on what's important. And identify those that if they were previously named, provide amnesty, provide a ... we're not moving on this, seek recovery, find a way out, don't reengage."
6. Hands of LAPD Chief Michel Moore
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Moore, LAPD Chief:
"We're we're at on this, first of all, we're in a crisis this is a humanitarian crisis of our generation. This matches any other calamity that this city, and this region or this country has seen. It is, I believe, a social emergency. It cannot be, in my view, overstated."
8. LAPD Chief Michel Moore being interviewed
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michel Moore, LAPD Chief:
"We also, I think we've shown that through the report, of our engagement of needing other people at the table to include the city attorney's office and the court, to dismiss low grade and in my view, de minimis warrants that get in the way of people's recovery because they were cited for something one, two, three, years ago and it just sits there and just sits over their head."
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets.
"This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation," Moore said Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. "This matches any other calamity that this city or this region or this country has seen. It is, I believe, a social emergency."
Homelessness rose 16% in LA over the past year , to more than 36,000 people, according to a June report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Across LA County, the count increased 12%, to nearly 59,000 people.
California's homeless crisis came under fire this month after President Donald Trump threatened to intervene and "get that whole thing cleaned up."
"They can't be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco," Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti responded that he would welcome federal involvement to solve the issue.
Since applying for the top job last year, Moore has been considering a plan to eliminate so-called bench warrants more than 5 years old for minor offenses such as drinking in public, blocking a sidewalk and failure to appear in court. Moore celebrated his first anniversary as chief in June.